Browsing All posts tagged under »philosophy«

The Wolves Who Knew Where the Deer Were

October 27, 2013


One day there was born a wolf who knew where all the deer were.  From the morning of his first hunt, he always knew which way to look to find the deer, and every time he hunted he brought one back.  This gift he was able to grant to his children, and after twenty generations […]

There Are No Perfect Songs

July 28, 2013


I have come to the conclusion that there is no such thing as the perfect song.  Perfection means you need go no further.  No other work is needed.  Stop now.  The job is done. There are no songs like that. Let’s move past the strong objection that nothing could be perfect anyway and just get […]

Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau

January 18, 2012


I reprint this famous essay on the occasion of it being banned in Arizona.   (Arizona also banned Shakespeare’s “Tempest.”  Get your copy soon.)  On the Duty of Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau [1849] I heartily accept the motto, “That government is best which governs least”; and I should like to see it acted […]

Legends of Myself 36

December 31, 2011


Continued from Legends of Myself 35 36.  Old Pop, Part 1:  Libre-pensée Teddy was just my name, the name I went by until the age of 12.  Tat was, consequently, my only nickname during childhood or that’s how it seemed to me.  The person who gave me that name, and really the only one who used […]

John Donne – No man is an island, entire of itself

December 15, 2011


 No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend’s or of thine own were: […]

Onions Brooms Questions

September 2, 2011


You can never really know anything, but you can have knowledge which has been well-questioned. You need questions to sort through knowledge, because you can’t rely on experience alone.  For instance, if you and I walk down the street, and I look left and you look right, whose experience of the street is the correct […]

If you hate…

July 26, 2011


If you hate, if you let your hate tell you what to do, then you have become one of the people our parents taught us to fear. If you arm yourself for military action against an enemy, you declare yourself an enemy—against the public peace. If finally the innocent die at your hands, the purity […]